Since Darwin got established, we have quite confident about the Survival of the Fittest. It comes down to a belief that the fittest among a species would have the highest chance of survival, at least according to core points of evolution. However, a recent study is all set to prove otherwise. According to study, laziness can be an effective mode of survival. In other words, the study is proposing the theory of Survival of the Laziest. This finding is applicable even when it comes to predicting the extinction of a particular species. The study had taken inputs from many species.
The study was performed through an analysis of energy consumption by different mollusks, like slugs, snails etc., when they are idle. The results say something contrary to what we have been thinking: animal species that have managed to survive millions or billions of years do possess a slow rate of metabolism compared to the species that became extinct several millions of years ago. This basically translates into the fact that such animals were lazier than the other animals in considerations. This has made the research authors propose a tentative concept of ‘survival of the laziest’ or ‘survival of the sluggish’.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B published the study, which can change how we perceive and plan actions required for combating the aftermath of global climate change and an associated extinction. Of course, the statement is not to be taken literary, especially for humans. As far as humans are concerned, metabolic rate is one of the major signs of good health, and slow metabolism results in some other issues as well. It should also be noted that the study was done on mollusks. The researchers are all set to repeat the study on species that have been living on the land.